Janet Pillai served as an associate professor at the Department of Performing Arts in University Sains Malaysia (until 2013). Pillai is currently working as an Independent Consultant and Resource Person advocating for cultural sustainability. Her field of specialization includes arts & culture education, participatory planning & design, and cultural mapping. Pillai works on community-engaged projects in partnership or consultation with community, local agencies, institutions, and professionals. She has led cultural mapping projects in Malaysia, Singapore, Austria and Hong Kong. Pillai has authored 5 books and numerous articles on arts and culture education and sustainability. She also contributes as expert resource person and trainer in the Asian region.